Oct. 4, 1930 – Feb. 14, 2009 Patsy was born in Kilgore, Texas, to William Dwight and Ray Beall Dickson. An only child, she was the light of their lives. Patsy met the love of her life, James Gordon Bain, “Jim” at Kilgore High School. Patsy and Jim married on Feb. 3, 1951. Jim survives, along with son James Dickson Bain and wife, Angeline Lindley Bain, daughter Judy Bain, son John Alan Bain and wife Linda Bain. Patsy is also survived by grandchildren, Mindy Minor, Lindley Bain, Michael Minor and wife Stephanie, James Bain, Jody Minor and Katharine Bain.
As a life long Presbyterian, one of Patsy's chief devotions was to her church, the First Presbyterian Church of Ennis.
Patsy was one of the first three women elders and served for many years. Patsy taught many hours of Sunday School and vacation bible school, served as President of the Presbyterian Women, and as an Enabler of the Presbytery.
For 19 years, Patsy worked as a secretary for the Ennis Independent School District where she was able to positively influence many coworkers and children with her sweet smile and loving personality. After graduation from Kilgore High School, Patsy enrolled in Kilgore College where she was a Kilgore Rangerette.
Being a lifetime member of the Rangerettes Forever gave Patsy some of her fondest memories and dearest friends. As a student she marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and repeated this honor in 1989. Patsy and Jim enjoyed many additional trips through the years with this group of friends, including her lifelong dearest friend, Sherry King Bell.
Patsy was active in many civic affairs, including serving on the board of the Ennis Theatre. She especially loved to play bridge and she belonged to a number of clubs where she had many friends. She even convinced Jim that he loved bridge although he could never play as well. Other of Patsy’s passions included traveling, quilting, other crafts and eating out with her girlfriends! Patsy’s greatest joy came from her family. She was a faithful, loving daughter, daughter-in-law and sister-in-law. She loved the Valley Farm where she and Jim raised the children. Patsy was a loving, kind mother, mother-in-law (the world’s best mother-in law) and a proud grandmother.
Her greatest love was for Jim, who cared for her with the most tender love and devotion until her death. The family wishes to express undying gratitude to Patsy’s loving caregivers, Steen English and Gina Johnson.
Visitation was held at Keever Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009. Memorial service was held on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ennis, Texas, under the direction of J. E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.